Surge In Telehealth Appointments, Forced By COVID-19, Spurs New Preference Among People Living With Chronic Conditions


Research from MyHealthTeams reveals widespread adoption and high satisfaction among those connecting virtually with both specialists and primary care physicians

 

SAN FRANCISCO — August 27, 2020 — Before COVID-19, the commonly held belief about telemedicine was that it would only work for general health concerns (such as fevers, prescription refills, cold and flu) and would not be used by people with chronic conditions and more complex concerns. The coronavirus pandemic forced physicians and their patients to try telemedicine for chronic disease management, creating an opportunity to gauge how it works, why and when it makes sense, and whether patients are likely to use it in a post-pandemic world.  MyHealthTeams, creator of the largest and fastest-growing social networks for people facing chronic health conditions, today unveiled new research findings that show people who have tried telehealth since the onset of COVID-19 have a significantly different perception of its value than those who’ve not yet experienced a virtual doctor appointment, and they wish to use it again in the future. 

Those who have tried telehealth since March (versus those who have never tried it), rate it significantly higher than in-person appointments on four key measures:

  • More convenient – 67% (versus 43%)
  • Safer – 64% (versus 41%)
  • Easier – 62% (versus 37%)
  • Better for routine matters (such as checking in, refilling prescriptions, getting referrals) – 57% (versus 47%)

 

A majority (57%) of those who have tried telehealth since March say they are likely to use it in the future, post-pandemic – as compared to only 33% of those who have never tried it.

The survey, completed by 1,232 registered members of MyLupusTeam, MyParkinsonsTeam and MyCOPDTeam in July – represented a diverse cross-section of people with chronic conditions facing the difficulty of managing their condition during the coronavirus outbreak.  Results showed a huge uptick in telehealth usage, with 59% of those surveyed making use of telehealth appointments since March – up from only 11% before then. Among those who’ve tried telehealth since March, 71% said they were comfortable with the experience. 

 

What Chronic Condition Patients Use Telehealth For: Continuity of Care 

Among those surveyed, virtual visits to a specialist (e.g., rheumatologist, neurologist, pulmonologist) slightly outpaced those to a primary care physician (PCP) – with one-third of respondents reporting they’ve seen both via telehealth appointments in the past few months. For both specialist and PCP visits, patients’ reasons for scheduling the appointment reflect a focus on continuity of care and a commitment to maintaining their health during the pandemic. The top reasons cited:

  • Ongoing care and monitoring
    • 79% of those who’ve “seen” a specialist via telehealth since March
    • 66% of those who’ve “seen” a PCP via telehealth since March
  • Discuss a new symptom or problem
    • 26% specialist
    • 34% PCP
  • Fill or refill a prescription
    • 23% specialist
    • 36% PCP
  • Discuss a scheduled test or procedure
    • 14% specialist
    • 25% PCP
  • For an urgent health need
    • 7% specialist
    • 14% PCP
  • Understand coronavirus risk
    • 5% specialist
    • 10% PCP
  • Discuss safety of treatments during the pandemic
    • 6% specialist
    • 5% PCP

 

“For the one in two Americans living with a chronic health condition, continued engagement with their specialist is essential – diseases such as lupus, Parkinson’s, COPD and so many others do not shelter in place,” said Eric Peacock, cofounder and CEO of MyHealthTeams. “Telemedicine can be quite effective for check-ins with specialists and general continuity of care.”

 

The satisfaction rate with respondents’ telehealth experience(s) was equally high among those who’ve seen a specialist (71%) and those who’ve seen a PCP (70%).

 

Even those who have quickly changed their perception of telehealth, however, continue to believe in-person appointments play an important role in ongoing care. Those who have tried telehealth since March (versus those who have never tried it), rate in-person appointments as better than telehealth for:

  • More thorough examination – 88% (versus 86%) 
  • More personal – 62% (versus 75%)

 

“The sudden necessity to try telehealth has fundamentally changed people’s perceptions about how it could work in chronic disease management,” said Peacock. “This study shows that people who try telehealth generally like it, are comfortable connecting virtually with their doctors, and for some needs, prefer it over an in-person appointment. Their interest in continuing to use telemedicine even after the pandemic suggests telemedicine should play a bigger role in how providers and payers treat chronic conditions in a post-COVID future.”

 

This research was conducted among registered members of MyLupusTeam, MyParkinsonsTeam and MyCOPDTeam. 1,232 individuals responded to the online survey. Full findings are available at xxx.

 

About MyHealthTeams

MyHealthTeams believes that if you are diagnosed with a chronic condition, it should be easy to find and connect with others like you. MyHealthTeams creates social networks for people living with a chronic health condition. Millions of people have joined one of the company’s 37 highly engaged communities focusing on the following conditions: Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis, multiple sclerosis, lupus, fibromyalgia, pulmonary hypertension, spondylitis, eczema, myeloma, hyperhidrosis, vitiligo, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, leukemia, lymphoma, irritable bowel syndrome, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, hemophilia, hidradenitis suppurativa, depression, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, myeloproliferative neoplasms, osteoporosis, spinal muscular atrophy, COPD, chronic pain, migraines, narcolepsy, food allergies, obesity, HIV, PCOS, endometriosis, breast cancer and autism.  MyHealthTeams’ social networks are available in 13 countries.

 

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The National Psoriasis Foundation Selects MyPsoriasisTeam As Its Official Online Community

NPF and MyHealthTeams partner to bring community, conversation, content and more to the 8+ million Americans living with psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis

 

SAN FRANCISCO — August 18, 2020 — MyHealthTeams, creator of the largest and fastest-growing social networks for people facing chronic health conditions, today announced its partnership with the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF), a nonprofit organization with a mission to cure psoriatic disease and improve the lives of those affected. NPF has selected MyPsoriasisTeam, the MyHealthTeams’ social network for people living with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, as its exclusive, official online community.

Over 80,000 people diagnosed with psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis already go to MyPsoriasisTeam to find the people, support and information they need to better manage their condition. The National Psoriasis Foundation reaches millions of people facing psoriatic disease and produces a wealth of curated content to support people in their journey. Together, NPF and MyPsoriasisTeam will bring support and reliable health education information to the more than 8 million Americans living with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.

“When someone is diagnosed with psoriatic disease, they immediately seek two things – information on what they should expect and do and support with someone who’s gone through it before,” said Randy Beranek, President and CEO of the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF). “For more than 50 years, we’ve focused on addressing the needs of our community and know that a vibrant, trusted social network is essential to delivering on that promise today.”

NPF will direct its visitors and members to join MyPsoriasisTeam, and MyPsoriasisTeam will promote NPF content and its Patient Navigation Center to members and visitors. The organizations are also exploring ways to engage, educate and partner with patients, families and health care providers through content, podcasts and live events.

Launched in 2015, MyPsoriasisTeam is a free, password-protected and monitored social network with more than 82,000 registered members. In addition to finding medical education and information in the Resources section of the social network, members  use its mobile and web apps to ask questions, get answers and share conversation with other people just like them who understand the challenges of living with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.

“The National Psoriasis Foundation is on the forefront of engaging and empowering patients and their families – wherever they are, whenever they need it,” said Eric Peacock, cofounder and CEO of MyHealthTeams. “Together, we will reach more people impacted by psoriatic disease and empower them with the information and social support they need to thrive.”

This new partnership expands on MyHealthTeams’ work with leading patient organizations, including the recently announced collaboration with the Global Vitiligo Foundation and a longstanding relationship with the PCOS Awareness Association.

 

About the National Psoriasis Foundation

Serving its community through more than 50 years of patient support, advocacy, research, education and funding, the National Psoriasis Foundation, NPF, is the world’s leading nonprofit fighting for individuals with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. The NPF mission is to drive efforts to cure psoriatic disease and dramatically improve the lives of more than 8 million individuals in the United States affected by this chronic immune-mediated disease. As part of that effort, NPF created its Patient Navigation Center to offer personalized assistance to everyone with psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis. To date, NPF has funded more than $24 million in research grants and fellowships that help drive discoveries that may lead to more and better treatments and ultimately a cure. Learn more at www.psoriasis.org.

 

About MyHealthTeams

MyHealthTeams believes that if you are diagnosed with a chronic condition, it should be easy to find and connect with others like you. MyHealthTeams creates social networks for people living with a chronic health condition. Millions of people have joined one of the company’s 37 highly engaged communities focusing on the following conditions: Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis, multiple sclerosis, lupus, fibromyalgia, pulmonary hypertension, spondylitis, eczema, myeloma, hyperhidrosis, vitiligo, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, leukemia, lymphoma, irritable bowel syndrome, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, hemophilia, hidradenitis suppurativa, depression, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, myeloproliferative neoplasms, osteoporosis, spinal muscular atrophy, COPD, chronic pain, migraines, narcolepsy, food allergies, obesity, HIV, PCOS, endometriosis, breast cancer and autism.  MyHealthTeams’ social networks are available in 13 countries.

 

 

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MyEndometriosisTeam Resource Center Provides Women Facing Endometriosis with Information and Guidance for Managing their Health

Features exclusive video Q&A with Dr. Georgine Lamvu on special considerations during COVID-19

 

San Francisco — July 17, 2020 — MyHealthTeams today introduced an exclusive video Q&A with Dr. Georgine Lamvu to the more than 100,000 U.S. members of MyEndometriosisTeam, the largest social network for women diagnosed with endometriosis. The physician Q&A adds to the growing list of patient education initiatives rolled out by AbbVie and MyHealthTeams, including the Endometriosis Resource Center housed directly on MyEndometriosisTeam.

 

Created in response to members’ growing concerns about what they need to know and do in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, the video addresses key topics including risk factors, strategies for best managing telehealth appointments, practical tips for mental health and wellness, and considerations around pregnancy. Many women who’d planned to have endometriosis-related surgeries have had their procedures delayed or cancelled during this time, and Dr. Lamvu provides guidance on alternative approaches to managing pain and suppressing flares. Dr. Lamvu is a gynecologic surgeon, pelvic pain specialist, and professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Central Florida.

“Well-informed patients have better interactions with their doctors, which drives better health outcomes,” said Sean Bogdany, SVP Partnerships at MyHealthTeams. “In the current environment, with many people interacting less frequently with their doctors, online education programs like this work we’re doing with AbbVie are an essential tool in empowering patients.”

 

The Endometriosis Resource Center, which has already been utilized nearly 30,000 times since its launch in early March, features educational content including:

 

MyHealthTeams’ work in endometriosis is supported by AbbVie and is grounded in a long-standing commitment to understanding the real-world experience of individuals living with endometriosis and addressing unmet patient needs. Collaborative research conducted among members of MyEndometriosisTeam has been published by the Journal of Pain Research, the Journal of Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain Disorders, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the International Pelvic Pain Society.

 

 

About MyHealthTeams

MyHealthTeams believes that if you are diagnosed with a chronic condition, it should be easy to find and connect with others like you. MyHealthTeams creates social networks for people living with a chronic health condition. Millions of people have joined one of the company’s 37 highly engaged communities focusing on the following conditions: Crohn’s and colitis, multiple sclerosis, lupus, fibromyalgia, pulmonary hypertension, spondylitis, eczema, myeloma, hyperhidrosis, vitiligo, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, leukemia, lymphoma, irritable bowel syndrome, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, hemophilia, hidradenitis suppurative, depression, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, spinal muscular atrophy, COPD, chronic pain, migraines, food allergies, obesity, HIV, PCOS, endometriosis, breast cancer and autism.  MyHealthTeams’ social networks are available in 13 countries.

 

 

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New MyMSTeam Resource Center Educates People Living With Multiple Sclerosis On The Importance of Treatment and Adherence

MyHealthTeams and EMD Serono team to provide actionable information and tips for starting and staying on disease-modifying therapies

 

San Francisco — June 24, 2020 — Today, MyHealthTeams and EMD Serono, through their MS-LINK initiative,  announced the launch of the Treatment and Adherence Resource Center within MyMSTeam, the social network for people living with multiple sclerosis (MS). The Resource Center is designed to help diagnosed patients and their families understand the importance of starting treatment and provides actionable tips for staying on disease-modifying therapies (DMTs). 

“Now, perhaps more than ever, the MS community is faced with challenges they never may have anticipated and have questions about how to navigate treating their disease during these difficult times,” said Terrie Livingston, Head of Patient and Payor Solutions at EMD Serono. “Our MS-LINK initiative remains committed to the MS community by supporting programs like the Treatment and Adherence Resource Center, which offers quick access to trusted information that can help them effectively discuss issues and make decisions with their healthcare provider.” 

Featured articles within the MyMSTeam Treatment and Adherence Resource Center include:

“Even under normal circumstances it can be hard for people with MS to stay on their medication,” explains Eric Peacock, cofounder and CEO of MyHealthTeams. “The coronavirus pandemic only heightens the need for us to do everything we can to go directly to patients with the information they need to advocate for themselves and best manage their MS.” 

 

About MyHealthTeams
MyHealthTeams believes that if you are diagnosed with a chronic condition, it should be easy to find and connect with others like you. MyHealthTeams creates social networks for people living with a chronic health condition. Millions of people have joined one of the company’s 37 highly engaged communities focusing on the following conditions: Crohn’s and colitis, multiple sclerosis, lupus, fibromyalgia, pulmonary hypertension, spondylitis, eczema, myeloma, hyperhidrosis, vitiligo, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, leukemia, lymphoma, irritable bowel syndrome, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, hemophilia, hidradenitis suppurative, depression, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, spinal muscular atrophy, COPD, chronic pain, migraines, food allergies, obesity, HIV, PCOS, endometriosis, breast cancer and autism.  MyHealthTeams’ social networks are available in 13 countries. 

 

About EMD Serono
EMD Serono – the biopharmaceutical business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, in the U.S. and Canada – is engaged in the discovery, research and development of medicines for patients with difficult to treat diseases. The business is committed to transforming lives by developing and delivering meaningful solutions that help address the therapeutic and support needs of individual patients. Building on a proven legacy and deep expertise in neurology, fertility and endocrinology, EMD Serono is developing potential new oncology and immuno-oncology medicines while continuing to explore potential therapeutic options for diseases such as psoriasis, lupus and MS. Today, the business has approximately 1,500 employees around the country with commercial, clinical and research operations based in the company’s home state of Massachusetts. www.emdserono.com

 

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Research Among People Living With Lupus Finds Widespread, Under-Addressed Anxiety and Depression

New study from MyHealthTeams reveals patients’ dissatisfaction with current lupus treatments, creating an opportunity for doctors

SAN FRANCISCO — April 13, 2020 — MyHealthTeams, creator of the largest and fastest-growing social networks for people facing chronic health conditions, today unveiled new research conducted among the more than 170,000 registered members of MyLupusTeam, the social network for people facing lupus. Key findings included insights into the prevalence of anxiety and depression, patients’ dissatisfaction with current lupus treatments, and common quality-of-life impacts of the disease.

 

“This research, conducted just before the COVID-19 outbreak, shines a light on the fact that the normal pain and fatigue associated with Lupus can lead to depression and anxiety,” said Eric Peacock, cofounder and CEO of MyHealthTeams. “Now more than ever, it is important that healthcare providers listen for and treat these broader symptoms in order to build lasting and effective relationships with their patients facing lupus. Patients with lupus need to feel heard – something made more difficult with folks having to shelter in place.”

 

Anxiety and Depression: Commonly experienced, inadequately addressed

69% of those surveyed report being less than fully satisfied with their current lupus medication. Yet when asked what they wish their doctor would do differently, only 9% said “new treatments.” Overwhelmingly, what people living with lupus want from their doctors is: “listening and understanding” (33%), “more information” (22%) and “more time” (22%).

 

Impact on Quality of Life: Wide-ranging symptoms and flare-up triggers

Lupus, a long-term autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system becomes hyperactive and attacks normal, healthy tissue, creates daily challenges that impact people at home and work.

Common symptoms of lupus include:

  • Joint pain / swelling (93%)
  • Fatigue (92%)
  • Muscle pain (81%)
  • Skin issues (79%)
  • Numb / tingling hands or feet (75%)

Top triggers that exacerbate lupus symptoms include:

  • Stress (87%)
  • Sunlight / UV exposure (71%)
  • Cold weather (66%)
  • Hot weather (53%)

The result, as reported by those surveyed, is that lupus dramatically decreases overall quality of life, impacting life at home and work.

  • 85% say lupus makes it hard for them to exercise.
  • 83% find it difficult to do everyday chores.
  • 77% say lupus interferes with their social life.
  • 71% say it interrupts career and education.
  • 62% find it difficult to be sexually active.

 

This research was conducted among the more than 170,000 registered members of MyLupusTeam. 593 individuals responded to the online survey. Full survey findings are available at www.mylupusteam.com/resources.

 

About MyHealthTeams
MyHealthTeams believes that if you are diagnosed with a chronic condition, it should be easy to find and connect with others like you. MyHealthTeams creates social networks for people living with a chronic health condition. Millions of people have joined one of the company’s 35 highly engaged communities focusing on the following conditions: Crohn’s and colitis, multiple sclerosis, lupus, fibromyalgia, pulmonary hypertension, spondylitis, eczema, myeloma, hyperhidrosis, vitiligo, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, leukemia, lymphoma, irritable bowel syndrome, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, hemophilia, hidradenitis suppurative, depression, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, spinal muscular atrophy, COPD, chronic pain, migraines, food allergies, obesity, HIV, PCOS, endometriosis, breast cancer and autism.  MyHealthTeams’ social networks are available in 13 countries.

 

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New Research Among People Living With Rheumatoid Arthritis Reveals Key Determinants Of Patient Satisfaction With Doctors

MyHealthTeams provides real-world insights into RA’s common symptoms, flare-up triggers, and quality-of-life-impact

 

SAN FRANCISCO — March 19, 2020 — MyHealthTeams, creator of the largest and fastest-growing social networks for people facing chronic health conditions, today unveiled new research conducted among registered members of myRAteam, the social network for people living with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Key findings spanned topics including patient satisfaction with their doctors, the impact RA has on quality of life, and common symptoms and flare-up triggers.

 

“Joint pain is just the tip of the iceberg for those living with rheumatoid arthritis. You’ve got to treat the whole person, not just their obvious symptoms,” said Eric Peacock, cofounder and CEO of MyHealthTeams. “RA patients in this research made it clear that the best rheumatologists are those who take the time to truly understand the full range of symptoms and the quality of life impact people with RA are experiencing. The gap between patients satisfied and dissatisfied with their doctors was stark.”

 

Patient Satisfaction: Determined by listening/understanding, time spent, and breadth of discussion

There is a high correlation between treatment satisfaction and doctor satisfaction, so if treatment isn’t working to control a patient’s RA, it’s unlikely she will be satisfied with her doctor. But treatment effectiveness isn’t the only driver. The study revealed a significant experience gap between those who are satisfied or not with their doctors. Among the 57% of RA patients who report overall satisfaction with their doctors: 87% feel their doctor listens to them and understands their needs; 81% believe their doctor spends enough time with them; 74% report their doctor addresses symptoms such as pain, depression and anxiety; 65% discuss treatment side effects with their doctor; and 52% say their doctor has worked with them to develop a long-term plan. Among the 43% of RA patients who report overall dissatisfaction with their doctors, these numbers drop to 24%, 26%, 20%, 29% and 12% respectively. 

 

Impact on Quality of Life: Daily challenges and emotional impacts take toll at home, work and beyond

RA, a chronic inflammatory condition in which the body’s immune system attacks its own tissue, including joints, has wide-ranging impact on quality of life.

  • 88% of myRAteam members surveyed report RA makes it difficult to do everyday chores
  • 84% find it difficult to exercise with RA
  • 78% say RA has a negative impact on their social life
  • 65% report RA disrupts their work and/or education
  • 62% find it difficult to be sexually active while living with RA

 

Further, the emotional toll of RA is significant.

  • 83% of those surveyed report they can’t sleep
  • 72% are dealing with depression
  • 67% experience anxiety

 

Symptoms and Triggers: Aggravated by environmental factors, disease causes symptoms well beyond joint pain and stiffness

Beyond the joint pain and stiffness experienced by nearly everyone surveyed, myRAteam members report a broad spectrum of symptoms, including:

  • Fatigue (93%)
  • Dry eyes or mouth (72%)
  • Irritability (62%)
  • Headaches (54%)

 

The top reported triggers for flare-ups of RA symptoms are stress (79%) and cold weather (73%). 

This research was conducted among registered members of myRAteam. 374 individuals responded to the online survey. Full survey findings are available at https://www.myrateam.com/resources/the-results-are-in-people-living-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-are-more-satisfied-with-their-doctors-when-they-feel-heard-and-understood

 

About MyHealthTeams
MyHealthTeams believes that if you are diagnosed with a chronic condition, it should be easy to find and connect with others like you. MyHealthTeams creates social networks for people living with a chronic health condition. Millions of people have joined one of the company’s 35 highly engaged communities focusing on the following conditions: Crohn’s and colitis, multiple sclerosis, lupus, fibromyalgia, pulmonary hypertension, spondylitis, eczema, myeloma, hyperhidrosis, vitiligo, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, leukemia, lymphoma, irritable bowel syndrome, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, hemophilia, hidradenitis suppurative, depression, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, COPD, chronic pain, migraines, food allergies, obesity, HIV, PCOS, endometriosis, breast cancer and autism.  MyHealthTeams’ social networks are available in 13 countries.

 

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MyHealthTeams and the Global Vitiligo Foundation Team to Bring Consumer-Relevant, Medically Reviewed Content to the Vitiligo Community

MyVitiligoTeam named the official Global Vitiligo Foundation social network for people with vitiligo

 

SAN FRANCISCO— March 3, 2020 — MyHealthTeams, creator of the largest and fastest-growing social networks for people facing chronic health conditions, today announced its collaboration with the Global Vitiligo Foundation, an organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals with vitiligo through education, research, clinical care and community support. Together, the two will bring relevant, trusted health education information and resources to people via MyVitiligoTeam, a social network designed just for people facing vitiligo.

 

Launched in January 2020, more than 1,000 registered members have already joined MyVitiligoTeam, the 34th condition-specific social network created by MyHealthTeams. Reflecting a shared commitment to improving quality of life for people living with vitiligo, the two organizations will create and publish medically reviewed content featured within the social network. Members of the social network will be invited to join “Ask the Vitiligo Specialist” Q&A sessions throughout the year, and MyVitiligoTeam will participate in events including the Global Vitiligo Foundation’s Annual Scientific Symposium, World Vitiligo Day – USA, and the Vitiligo International Symposium meeting.

 

“As a kid diagnosed with vitiligo, I didn’t know anyone else facing the condition and I wasn’t sure where to find good information about it,” said Eric Peacock, co-founder and CEO of MyHealthTeams. “MyVitiligoTeam and our collaboration with the Global Vitiligo Foundation changes all that. Now, people can easily connect with others just like them and tap into relevant medical information.”

 

Vitiligo is an autoimmune condition where melanocytes, the cells responsible for skin pigmentation, are destroyed by the immune system, leaving light patches of skin. More than 70 million people worldwide have vitiligo, and an estimated 30% are children. Many people living with vitiligo report feeling isolated, as the disease is widely misunderstood and difficult to hide. There is no known cure.

 

About MyHealthTeams
MyHealthTeams believes that if you are diagnosed with a chronic condition, it should be easy to find and connect with others like you. MyHealthTeams creates social networks for people living with a chronic health condition. Millions of people have joined one of the company’s 35 highly engaged communities focusing on the following conditions: Crohn’s and colitis, multiple sclerosis, lupus, fibromyalgia, pulmonary hypertension, spondylitis, eczema, myeloma, hyperhidrosis, vitiligo, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, leukemia, lymphoma, irritable bowel syndrome, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, hemophilia, hidradenitis suppurative, depression, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, COPD, chronic pain, migraines, food allergies, obesity, HIV, PCOS, endometriosis, breast cancer and autism.  MyHealthTeams’ social networks are available in 13 countries.

 

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MyHealthTeams and EMD Serono Launch Family Planning Resource Center to Provide Families Affected by Multiple Sclerosis with Information, Connection and Support

New resource empowers prospective mothers with MS and their partners to have conversations about family planning

 

SAN FRANCISCO — JANUARY 9, 2020 — Today, MyHealthTeams and EMD Serono announced the launch of the Family Planning Resource Center within MyMSTeam, a social network for people living with multiple sclerosis (MS). The Resource Center is designed to support prospective mothers and their loved ones with family planning information and resources before, during and after pregnancy.

 

“Being proactive and planning ahead is so important for women living with MS and thinking about having a baby,” said Terrie Livingston, Head of Patient and Payor Solutions at EMD Serono. “Making it easy to find reliable, actionable information is critical to helping people make the decisions that are right – for them, their baby and their family.”

 

Featured articles within the Family Planning Resource Center include:

 

“More people than ever before are having babies following diagnosis with MS, but they have a growing list of questions about how to navigate the associated challenges,” said Mary Ray, cofounder and COO of MyHealthTeams. “The MS & Family Planning Resource Center arms MyMSTeam members with information to effectively talk with their doctors about planning for and managing pregnancy.”

 

About MyHealthTeams
MyHealthTeams believes that if you are diagnosed with a chronic condition, it should be easy to find and connect with others like you. MyHealthTeams creates social networks for people living with a chronic health condition. Millions of people have joined one of the company’s 34 highly engaged communities focusing on the following conditions: Crohn’s and colitis, multiple sclerosis, lupus, fibromyalgia, pulmonary hypertension, spondylitis, eczema, myeloma, hyperhidrosis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, leukemia, lymphoma, irritable bowel syndrome, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, hemophilia, hidradenitis suppurative, depression, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, COPD, vitiligo, chronic pain, migraines, food allergies, obesity, HIV, PCOS, endometriosis, breast cancer and autism.  MyHealthTeams’ social networks are available in 13 countries.

About EMD Serono
EMD Serono – the biopharmaceutical business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, in the U.S. and Canada – is engaged in the discovery, research and development of medicines for patients with difficult to treat diseases. The business is committed to transforming lives by developing and delivering meaningful solutions that help address the therapeutic and support needs of individual patients. Building on a proven legacy and deep expertise in neurology, fertility and endocrinology, EMD Serono is developing potential new oncology and immuno-oncology medicines while continuing to explore potential therapeutic options for diseases such as psoriasis, lupus and MS. Today, the business has approximately 1,300 employees around the country with commercial, clinical and research operations based in the company’s home state of Massachusetts. 

 

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